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The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations and has named Hassan Jaber as a member of the committee.
The National Advisory Committee will advise the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau's programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The committee, which is comprised of 32 members from multiple disciplines, will advise the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.
“We expect that the expertise of this committee will help us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing statistics about our diverse nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director. “By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee will help ensure that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society.”
The National Advisory Committee members, who serve at the discretion of the Census Bureau director, are chosen to serve based on expertise and knowledge of the cultural patterns, issues and/or statistical needs of hard-to-count populations.
Hassan Jaber has helped transform ACCESS — founded in 1971 as the all-volunteer Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services — from a storefront organization in Michigan into the largest Arab-American human services nonprofit organization in the country. He has been responsible for developing social and legal programs and expanding immigration and advocacy services. He is a major proponent for the advancement of ACCESS' development in the areas of mental and community health, employment services, job training and entrepreneurship. His avid support for ushering in the next generation has helped to expand ACCESS' youth and education services. Born in Lebanon, Jaber immigrated to the United States in 1977. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public administration from Wayne State University.